Picture This

18 Feb

Every time I receive one of those wonderful so called coffee table art books, in addition to feeling gratitude for the publisher’s beneficence, I am pleased that such books are still being published. And when I, in the most leisurely way, paged through the latest arrival, Mark Seliger’s Listen (Rizzoli) I found it convincing evidence that all sorts of new technology aside, there would always be a place for the well designed (in this case by highly respected art directorFred Woodward who also provides an introduction), splendidly printed
photographic monographs.

Seliger, creator of 125 Rolling Stone covers, continues his magazine work at Conde Nast where he is under contract. Listen is a compilation of works from Seliger’s private collection. Using a platinum palladium photographic process, many of the more than ninety tritones — an array of nudes, landscapes and still lifes —were made especially for this book and are published for the first time.

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